Zack Greinke throws 24-pitch ‘pen session, elbow fine

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Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke was given a lubricating injection last Thursday for his pitching elbow and had to be shut down for a couple of days, but it sounds like he is basically back on track.

According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, Greinke threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in Dodgers camp and reported no discomfort. He said he’s “maybe three or four days behind some people” but added that it’s “not a big deal” here in late February.

Greinke has used these lubricating injections in the past to help him through periods of dead arm. It’s a somewhat experimental procedure — Joe Schwarz of SB Nation wrote a piece about it recently.

Greinke can opt out of his six-year, $146 million deal with the Dodgers after the 2015 season. He’d be leaving $77 million on the table, but the 31-year-old can probably feel confident about the move if he continues to pitch like an ace. Greinke boasts a 2.68 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 355 strikeouts in 380 innings so far with Los Angeles.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.